SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 02, 2007
Men's soccer beats Loyola-Chicago 2-1 in double overtime

Sept. 2, 2007

Box Score

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - It may have taken double overtime to do it, but the JU men's soccer team will be more than happy with the result; a 2-1 victory over the Loyola-Chicago Ramblers.

Junior midfielder Ramak Niakan safi beat out the Loyola-Chicago defender and goalkeeper to tap in the winner after 101 minutes of play, from a cross from senior Anton Axelsson.

"The kids worked and battled hard today," said JU head coach Mike Johnson. "Loyola-Chicago is a good team and we rose to the occasion. It shows that our kids can play at this level. We were unlucky on Friday, but today we beat a quality opponent."

Axelsson had given the Dolphins the lead in the seventh minute after he beat his man and fired in from six yards out from an assist by Jonathan Jackson.

Senior midfielder Keum Sung Kim tied the game for the Ramblers in the 40th minute with a free kick from 18 yards out.

The Dolphins who were without three starters, including starting goalkeeper Joey Sanchez who had a broken finger, were forced to rely on redshirt freshman goalkeeper Matt Gilman. Any doubts were soon quenched as Gilman recorded nine saves, including four in the second half to put the game into overtime.

"Matt stepped it up today," Johnson said. "He kept us in the game with his performance."

JU will be on the road again on Friday, facing off against Coastal Carolina at 4 p.m. in the Furman Tournament.